As National Conference declared on Wednesday that it would not be joining the panchayat polls, the Jammu and Kashmir Congress party announced that its core group would meet on Monday to take a call on whether to participate in the polls or not.
JKPCC President G A Mir said, "We have some concern over deteriorating security conditions. We will be deciding whether to participate or not in local bodies elections on Monday in core group meeting. All senior leaders will be participating in meeting."
"The situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in Kashmir region is worst from last 3 years. Narendra Modi led government at center and erstwhile BJP-PDP alliance in the state was one of the reasons of worsening the situation," he said.
The senior Congress leader said that they have expressed their concern about the holding of elections. "When we recently met Governor S P Malik we told him that situation is not conducive for local bodies' elections," he said. "I repeat that situation is not conducive for elections," said Mir.
He said that Congress did not want to see more bloodshed in the name of these elections. "Before announcing elections they should have ensured the security of the probable candidates," he said. "Now we do not want political workers to get killed in local bodies' elections."
Ridiculing the BJP for failing to conduct by poll to Anantnag Lok Sabha seat since nearly two years Mir wondered how the same party could hold the local bodies' elections. "This government failed to fill Anantnag seat, but earlier this year announced panchayat polls and later defer it," he said and adding "BJP is confused and reluctant to accept the ground situation."
Mir took a dig at NC leader Farooq Abdullah and said that he has a dual character. "In Delhi he speaks one language and in Kashmir he speaks different language," he said adding that only two days ago he asked people to vote for betterment. "In that function Governor was also there."
Mir feels that before the announcement of local bodies' elections, Governor should have called an all-party meeting.